Subject: Re: ...or not
To: Allen Briggs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Donn Cave <email@example.com>
Date: 02/01/2001 23:58:48
Quoth Allen Briggs <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
| OK. It's closer... It brings up the blue & red Be logo now and runs
| the floppy for a while. Then nothing. The floppy light stays off. The
| screen still has the Be logo. The two columns of leds have only the
| lower led lit. This is with both inst_vga.fs and generic_vga.fs.
| What should be happening at this point? I was expecting the screen
| to clear and print stuff in VGA text mode...
Right, it should. My floppy drive light looks about the same as
yours, takes less than a minute loading from the floppy drive and
then the light goes off. At that moment the monitor resets and
I get the usual NetBSD boot screen, black and white, green and
white and then back to black and white. There's a point in the
device configuration where all the LEDs come on, on both sides,
and stay that way for a few seconds; later, at the end of the
procedure the floppy drive light blinks and the LED's come up a
little on one side and then back down.
So I don't know. It would be easy to suspect that it failed to
configure the video, but I have the same video hardware in mine.
It could be something else failing in the initial boot. I don't
know, would you expect NetBSD 1.3 to proceed with the boot even
if it failed to configure a console? Since you don't see any
LED activity, I'm wondering if that's a clue that something else
aborted the boot.
Donn Cave, email@example.com